For those who visit Cork and have the chance to rent a car, exploring a bit more of the country side is something I highly recommend. Not too far from Cork there is a Megalith Stone Circle with a stunning view, the Drombeg Circle. With clear skies you can take gorgeous photos from the circle until the sea.
After several years living in Ireland, there are a few places where I simply love to “re-visit”. Recently I took a friend to visit the Ring of Kerry and Dingle areas, and this time it was time to show counties Clare and south of Galway to another friend. The Cliffs of Moher are some cliffs that look like a saw in the West coast of Ireland. And also one of the most visit places in Ireland, maybe even only after Dublin. This area was finalist as a candidate to the New 7 Wonders of Nature, however it didn’t make it to the top 7. Even though, it’s a place that was already featured in some movies, like the Harry Potter.
The Emerald Island, also known as Ireland (or maybe it is the other way around?), which is right next to Great Britain. In this island there are two countries, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. It is a gorgeous island with loads breathtaking places, and with a lot of green, or wouldn’t that be that the main reason why it is known as Emerald Island!
In this article I will list 25 places that are well worth a visit in Ireland, the whole island! Excellent for those who are planning a road trip in Ireland and are looking for tips of what to visit!
Let’s start by answering a question that some of you might be asking right now. Why bothering to specify that this is a Republic in the title? Because Ireland is an island divided by two countries. The Republic of Ireland, to which this article is dedicated to, and Northern Ireland which is part of the United Kingdom.
Recently I visited a city in the north of Ireland, Derry, and I noticed that there are still a lot of confusion between the “Irelands”. The confusion has some reason to be, after all there are three Irelands. And with that, people get quite confused between them. Yes, three! Not one, not two, but three!
It is time for more Red Bull Cliff Diving! This year’s series already had a few jumps, and again this year one of the amazing stops was the Islet of Vila Franca, next to São Miguel Island, in Azores. And without realizing, I almost saw another jump but this time in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where they’ll jump from the historical bridge. Unfortunately I was there two weeks before the jumps.
The Wild Atlantic Way is an Atlantic route through the coast of Ireland, also the longest coastal touristic route in the world. The reason why it’s called “Wild” is because this rote wasn’t planned to be touristic, nor was changed in any way for that. It is literally a real and unchanged experience through the coast of Ireland.
The weekend of November 23rd/24th I spent in Killarney, I’ve passed through the town a few times but never actually stayed a whole day there. I did it finally, the town is the start/end of the Ring of Kerry Route and it should be properly appreciated.
This Sunday I went to another town nearby Cork, a place mostly know by its restaurants and gourmet food, also by its history and the Flight of the Earls. As usually, I should had read about the town before going there, but sometimes the surprise its kinda of nice. Kinsale is quite close to Cork, perfect for a day escape from the city.
Oh gosh, I don’t know how I have strengths to write this today…, but I have to! Today makes exactly one month since I arrived in Cork, so what’s the best way to celebrate it? Hiking the island’s highest mountain! Carrauntoohil!
Another Sunday, another sunny surprise! What an amazing day, I wasn’t imagining to have such a great day and enjoying it so much! The Blarney Castle and Gardens definitely worth the visit if you are in Cork!
Cobh was my first stop, quite short though, but it was a nice unexpected sunny day! Who would’ve guess? Not me, definitely!